Silverstone WEC: Conway fastest for Toyota, Senna has heavy crash
|By Jamie Klein||Friday, August 17th 2018, 13:13 GMT|
Toyota driver Mike Conway set the fastest time in first practice for this weekend's Silverstone World Endurance Championship round in a session disrupted by two red flags.
Conway's best time of 1m39.916s in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid came shortly after the first red flag period, caused by Bruno Senna's heavy crash at Copse in the #1 Rebellion R-13.
Senna was reportedly able to get out of the car unaided but was taken to the medical centre for checks.
After a half-hour delay, the session resumed with 15 minutes added to make up for the lost running, but a second stoppage was caused when the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 dumped oil on track at the Loop.
Sebastien Buemi set the best time in the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning #8 Toyota he shares with Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima, a 1m40.191s lap, in the early part of the session to make it a one-two for the Japanese marque.
Best of the LMP1 privateers was the #3 Rebellion with Gustavo Menezes posting the car's best effort, which was 1.027s adrift of Conway.
The stricken #1 car driven by Senna was 3.2s off the pace in fourth shortly before his accident.
One-time Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button was quickest of the SMP Racing drivers and set a 1m40.176s lap in the #11 BR Engineering BR1, which is running in high-downforce spec for the first time this season.
Egor Orudzhev was sixth in the #17 BR1 ahead of Ben Hanley in the #10 DragonSpeed BR1 and Oliver Webb in the #4 ENSO CLM before its problems.
LMP2 was led by Audi DTM driver Loic Duval, who set a 1m46.122s lap in the #28 TDS Racing ORECA to go seven tenths clear of the opposition led by GP3 racer Gabriel Aubry in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.
Third in class was the points-leading #36 Signatech Alpine with Andre Negrao at the wheel.
Ford's pair of Chip Ganassi Racing-run GTs led the way in GTE Pro, with Olivier Pla setting the best time in class with a 1m57.166s lap shortly after the first red flag to put the #66 car ahead of Andy Priaulx's #67 machine by 0.671s.
Third was the quicker of the two Porsches, the #91 machine of Gianmaria Bruni, followed by the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE.
Fresh from a Balance of Performance boost in the run-up to Silverstone, Aston Martin's two Vantage GTEs were sixth and seventh-fastest, while the two MTEK-run BMW M8 GTEs brought up the rear in ninth and 10th.
Porsche held sway in GTE Am with Matteo Cairoli setting the best lap of 1m59.418s in the #88 Dempsey-Proton car.
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|1||LMP1||M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota||1m39.916s||-||24|
|2||LMP1||S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota||1m40.191s||0.275s||27|
|3||LMP1||M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes||Rebellion Racing||Rebellion/Gibson||1m40.943s||1.027s||20|
|4||LMP1||N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna||Rebellion Racing||Rebellion/Gibson||1m43.155s||3.239s||4|
|5||LMP1||M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button||SMP Racing||BR Engineering/AER||1m43.176s||3.260s||17|
|6||LMP1||S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev||SMP Racing||BR Engineering/AER||1m43.957s||4.041s||20|
|7||LMP1||H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande||DragonSpeed||BR Engineering/Gibson||1m44.533s||4.617s||16|
|8||LMP1||O.Webb, R.Binder||ByKOLLES Racing Team||ENSO CLM/NISMO||1m44.770s||4.854s||17|
|9||LMP2||F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval||TDS Racing||ORECA/Gibson||1m46.122s||6.206s||32|
|10||LMP2||H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi||Jackie Chan DC Racing||ORECA/Gibson||1m46.855s||6.939s||26|
|11||LMP2||N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet||Signatech Alpine Matmut||Alpine/Gibson||1m47.082s||7.166s||30|
|12||LMP2||J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri||Jackie Chan DC Racing||ORECA/Gibson||1m47.385s||7.469s||28|
|13||LMP2||R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson||DragonSpeed||ORECA/Gibson||1m47.760s||7.844s||21|
|14||LMP2||F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries||Racing Team Nederland||Dallara/Gibson||1m48.650s||8.734s||29|
|15||LMP2||E.Creed, R.Ricci, Y.Mori||Larbre Competition||Alpine/Gibson||1m50.929s||11.013s||27|
|16||GTE Pro||S.Mucke, O.Pla||Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK||Ford||1m56.852s||16.936s||20|
|17||GTE Pro||A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell||Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK||Ford||1m57.523s||17.607s||28|
|18||GTE Pro||R.Lietz, G.Bruni||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||1m58.212s||18.296s||24|
|19||GTE Pro||A.P.Guidi, J.Calado||AF Corse||Ferrari||1m58.483s||18.567s||26|
|20||GTE Pro||M.Christensen, K.Estre||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||1m58.748s||18.832s||25|
|21||GTE Pro||A.Lynn, M.Martin||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||1m58.770s||18.854s||25|
|22||GTE Pro||M.Sorensen, N.Thiim||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||1m58.836s||18.920s||29|
|23||GTE Pro||D.Rigon, S.Bird||AF Corse||Ferrari||1m58.927s||19.011s||22|
|24||GTE Pro||A.Farfus, A.F.da Costa||BMW Team MTEK||BMW||1m59.122s||19.206s||24|
|25||GTE Am||G.Roda, G.Roda, M.Cairoli||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Porsche||1m59.418s||19.502s||26|
|26||GTE Am||C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Porsche||1m59.623s||19.707s||26|
|27||GTE Am||M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Davison||Gulf Racing||Porsche||1m59.676s||19.760s||24|
|28||GTE Am||S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood||TF Sport||Aston Martin||1m59.693s||19.777s||28|
|29||GTE Pro||M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg||BMW Team MTEK||BMW||1m59.754s||19.838s||15|
|30||GTE Am||Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin||Clearwater Racing||Ferrari||2m00.180s||20.264s||26|
|31||GTE Am||T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella||Spirit of Race||Ferrari||2m00.704s||20.788s||29|
|32||GTE Am||M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever||MR Racing||Ferrari||2m01.042s||21.126s||28|
|33||GTE Am||P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||2m01.067s||21.151s||23|
|34||GTE Am||J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti||Team Project 1||Porsche||2m01.549s||21.633s||25|